The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is conducting Level I courses for umpires at the state level to monitor their performance and handle the process through which they are inducted into national panel.
“Earlier, member associations would have their own exams for umpires and then recommend names for the BCCI panel,” Stanley Saldanha, manager, game development, BCCI, told HT at the end of a course here on Thursday.
“To make the process more transparent, BCCI has introduced this programme. We got 24 of our top umpires trained by Cricket Australia and they will go to every member association and affiliated unit to conduct the courses,” he said.
“Those who clear the exams will become Level I umpires in the state panel,” said BCCI umpire Subroto Banerjee, who coordinated the course in Kolkata. “After three-four years, they will be eligible to sit for the Level II exam, after which they can stand in Board matches at the junior level. After another three years, they can sit for the Level-III to be able to officiate in top-level domestic matches.”
At all levels, the umpires' performance will be monitored, both through a peer review system and directly by the BCCI.
The system will be introduced from next season.